Markos Moulitsas Zúniga

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Markos Moulitsas Zúniga -- a.k.a. kos -- founded, edits, and runs the left-wing blog The Daily Kos.[1] He is a fellow at the New Politics Institute begun by Simon Rosenberg and Andy and Deborah Rappaport.[2]


Markos Moulitsas Zúniga is an NPI Fellow at the New Politics Institute. A biographical note from the institute's website in 2006 stated that Zúniga "served in the U.S. Army and was involved in the technology community in San Francisco before founding Daily Kos on May 26, 2002 (rhymes with 'prose') and becoming a leader in the modern progressive movement and blogger community. He maintains the site from Berkeley, California. In its first year, Daily Kos attracted over 1.6 million unique visits and about 3 million page views. Currently, it receives about 12 million unique visits per month and is the most highly trafficked political website in the country."[3]


"The Truth About Kos," an anti-DailyKos blog by Francis L. Holland, reported on a 1993 college essay in which Moulitsas Zúniga (then a freshman) opined that gays should not be permitted to serve in the military under any circumstances. He wrote in the column, signed "Markos C.A. Moulitsas," that for non-gay military men, "There is something inherently uncomfortable about it."[4]

In a June 6, 2006 speech to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Zúniga stated that he had spent between six months and two years training at the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC. In this speech Kos said began in 2001, before he started DailyKos,[5] and continued until the beginning of his involvement with the Howard Dean presidential campaign (late 2003/early 2004), which would mean that Zúniga was in training with the US CIA for as much as two years.[6]

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  1. "About Daily Kos", Daily Kos, accessed March 2009.
  2. New Politics Institute, "Fellows", New Politics Institute website, accessed March 2009.
  3. "Markos Moulitsas ", New Politics Institute, accessed March 2009.
  4. "Why is MAMZ's Homophobic 1993 Essays Missing from Google Cache?", The Truth About Kos blog, September 3, 2007.
  5. "MAMZ Biographical Table Proving He Was at CIA at Least One Year, Maybe Two", The Truth About Kos blog, August 25, 2007.
  6. Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, Commonwealth Club of California, June 6, 2006.

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